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Old 9th August 2017, 14:51   #391
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6`2" ? Stay away from Duster- no one will be able to sit behind you in the rear seat because of poor legroom. The front seats are poorly contoured in the first place and offers below average overall support. The seat-back is short in height, which means you don't get necessary support at shoulder area. The seat base provides only mediocre under-thigh support.

Ride quality is just one part of the experience. The new XUV has a proper automatic, and is head and shoulders above the Duster when it comes to drivability, cabin experience, refinement and overall quality levels. If the contest is between XUV and Duster, my recommendation would be XUV- at the end of the day what serious difference does a 25 cm length difference and 7 cm width difference make.
Yes, I am 6'2". Thanks for this insight.
How is the ride quality and acceleration in the XUV automatic. Is it comfortable to ride even in the city traffic?
Which automatic version to take, there seem to be so many options in XUV?
How does the Hexa fare in comparision to XUV and Duster?
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How is the ride quality and acceleration in the XUV automatic. Is it comfortable to ride even in the city traffic?
Which automatic version to take, there seem to be so many options in XUV?
How does the Hexa fare in comparision to XUV and Duster?
Friend owns and XUV AT, and I think it performs very well in my quick test spins. Ride quality is like- well you won't have any complaints but it's not Duster 2WD good, let alone the Duster AWD.
Can't speak on the choice of AT variants as I don't follow the product.
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I am interested in an automatic SUV around 15-20 lakhs price bracket. Annual running around 15K kms. So diesel seems like a good option.
Need high ground clearance a..

Dad is more inclined towards EcoSport but it does not have diesel automatic and the bigger problem is small boot for me, for road trips.

XUV seems good but is still bigger (longer) and would not prefer that.
Does that leave me any other option but the Duster?
Ecosport, with all respect to the proud owners, is a hatch with SUV clothing! XUV, though bigger, is relatively easier to drive! May be the (bigger) size is the reason for not looking at a capable automatic in Hexa..

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Although the XUV is a huge vehicle, I always found it is very easy to drive and park, as the all round visibility is excellent.

As far as the plush ride is concerned the Duster wins hands down. It also has better road manners and can tolerate hard cornering very well. Steering is lighter than the XUV and the brakes are snappier too. The AMT has a jerky feel, which is inherent to this type of transmission. But this is certainly not annoying.

The mileage I get for the XUV averages at 12.5 kmpl, while the duster, as of today, returns 15.15 kmpl.

Edit: there's this car, Creta that comes in AT spec too.
Creta is again a creature similar to Ecosport.

However, why don't you think of Duster CVT (Petrol), 15k per annum is still not much to justify diesel, if the reason is FE only. Diesel definitely has other advantages (and disadvantages!)

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Duster's seats are pretty average, but the ride quality kind of compensates for this. But still on a long drive, I would prefer a bit better seats.
Here again, with ride comfort (on a long drive) in mind, Hexa is the best in this price range. Of course when size doesn't matter much. Otherwise, IMO, Duster is a no-brainer, and presently good discount is also being offered (not for CVT though).
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Ecosport, with all respect to the proud owners, is a hatch with SUV clothing! XUV, though bigger, is relatively easier to drive! May be the (bigger) size is the reason for not looking at a capable automatic in Hexa
I will check out both the XUV and Duster. Creta seats seemed very hard and uncomfortable when I had driven my relative's car last month. Otherwise found the car to be good.

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Which automatic version to take, there seem to be so many options in XUV?
W8 AT is the most popular. But if you need AWD, then it is available in W10 only. W10 also has other whims and fancies like sunroof.

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How does the Hexa fare in comparision to XUV and Duster?
I think, for a tall person like you it would be difficult to find good driving position, as commented by GTO once. In short:

1. Hexa is the best if you buy it exclusively (or most of the time) for non-city drives. However,presently no 4x4 automatic (XUV has). Interiors way ahead of other two cars, though.

2. XUV has lower floor, good spread of features to suit different customers in different variants, average ride and no boot (with boot it is actually a 5 seater.)

3. Duster is an established practical product, a driver's car, easy to drive and maintain without option of 7 seats (and if you don't need 7 seats, do I still need to say..)
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W8 AT is the most popular. But if you need AWD, then it is available in W10 only. W10 also has other whims and fancies like sunroof.

I think, for a tall person like you it would be difficult to find good driving position, as commented by GTO once. In short:

1. Hexa is the best if you buy it exclusively (or most of the time) for non-city drives. However,presently no 4x4 automatic (XUV has). Interiors way ahead of other two cars, though.

2. XUV has lower floor, good spread of features to suit different customers in different variants, average ride and no boot (with boot it is actually a 5 seater.)

3. Duster is an established practical product, a driver's car, easy to drive and maintain without option of 7 seats (and if you don't need 7 seats, do I still need to say..)
Wow, am getting a bit confused. Neither do I want sunroof, nor do I need 7 seats. A 5 seater is just fine. Just need to know the comfort level of the Duster wrt to say old SX4 or Honda City for long drives. I had done a 3000km road trip in SX4 and was comfortable. With the Honda have also done Goa trip but bit tiring. I think I need to check out the cars.
Duster seems good but AMT and front seat is the issue. XUV seems good with proper automatic but maybe not so great ride quality.
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Wow, am getting a bit confused. Neither do I want sunroof, nor do I need 7 seats. A 5 seater is just fine. Just need to know the comfort level of the Duster wrt to say old SX4 or Honda City for long drives. I had done a 3000km road trip in SX4 and was comfortable. With the Honda have also done Goa trip but bit tiring. I think I need to check out the cars.
Duster seems good but AMT and front seat is the issue. XUV seems good with proper automatic but maybe not so great ride quality.

To clear your confusion a bit, last month I did a 700 km non stop drive in 12 hours, and I was still not much tired. Same feedback from the family too.
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To clear your confusion a bit, last month I did a 700 km non stop drive in 12 hours, and I was still not much tired. Same feedback from the family too.
I just did a quick check of both XUV and Duster, didn't take a TD though for lack of time. The Duster's seating is low and with my seat position back seat legroom is very poor. Both seats felt similar in size to Honda City but I hope thigh support in XUV will be better due to higher seating.
Will be doing TD in few days time
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I just did a quick check of both XUV and Duster, didn't take a TD though for lack of time. The Duster's seating is low and with my seat position back seat legroom is very poor. Both seats felt similar in size to Honda City but I hope thigh support in XUV will be better due to higher seating.
Will be doing TD in few days time
Could you be able to do the TDs? Pls decide before the GST increase is implemented
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Its been 2 months and 43XX kms of pure bliss since I got my dusty home.

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A duster got dusted.

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Autocar India published a video showing Next generation Dacia duster from Frankfurt show. Front grill looks neat and alloys are looking good.
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2017 Renault Duster Sandstorm edition launched at Rs 10.40 lakh

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Special-edition Duster gets unique exterior paint shades and interior bits; mechanicals remain the same.

Available in both 85hp and 110hp versions of the K9K diesel engine, prices for the Duster Sandstorm start at Rs 10.40 lakh for the 85hp version and goes up to Rs 11.70 lakh for the 110hp version (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

The special-edition Duster Sandstorm is, however, not available with an AMT gearbox or a petrol engine.

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So, today got my Media Nav Evolution updated with latest map update.

Previous version: 7.0.5
New version: 8.0.5

There is not visual change. May be only some more addresses or details added to the maps.
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B. Is it possible to fit an arm-rest for the co-driver?
This is a question that I have too. Were you able to do it eventually?
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Is the RXL AMT stopped by Renault? When I checked with Trident Renault in Bangalore, this is what the SA told.
While I have asked for a test drive of the RXZ 110 AMT Diesel tomorrow, the Sales Person asked me which version I wanted. I assumed she was asking for between the RXL and RXZ. Now after reading this, I think it may have been between Diesel and Petrol? BTW, I'm speaking to the JP Nagar branch of Trident. I do not think we have any other options.
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On a side note, today's FE carried an article on Duster crash test conducted by Global ncap.http://www.financialexpress.com/auto...h-test/662157/
Scary to see this, just as I plan to test drive it.

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Dislikes:
1. Door lock button has to be depressed for few seconds to active and deactivate the auto door lock functionality. Quite a weird functionality. Is the auto door lock option not necessary? What is kids depress it and deactivate door lock functionality.
2. Vehicle does not have a door lock button / two stage pull lock from inside. If you have kids you have a switch on the child lock. The door can be opened in one pull from inside. The door lock on the center console is to lock the door from opening from outside.
Thanks for the entire list, but this door-lock situation sounds extremely weird?
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The mileage I get for the XUV averages at 12.5 kmpl, while the duster, as of today, returns 15.15 kmpl.
The plush ride and this mileage are good to know.

Apart from this, one of my concerns is if I can fold over the rear seat and fit two cycles into it. Probably something I will try tomorrow once the demo vehicle gets here.
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